It is with great sadness
that we announce the passing of Katherine Brigitta Byland on February 7, 2015, surrounded by her loving
family after a long battle with cancer. Katherine was born in Palanka, Yugoslavia on September 18, 1935. After
an idyllic childhood she soon felt the ravages of WW ll and lost both her parents by the age of ten. She immigrated to Canada in 1949 with her younger sister Anna, arriving in Kelowna where she had family. She met Adrian Byland while working at a café
and they married in 1956, starting a fledging business that would become Byland’s Nurseries. Katherine is survived by son John (Maria), daughter Anita Thorsen (Rico), grandchildren Michael, Melanie, Venessa and Jordan
and sister Anna (Dennis) Brown. She was predeceased by her husband Adrian in 1982. The family would like to thank all the health care professionals that cared for Katherine especially the staff at Hospice House. Donations in Katie’s memory can be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association – Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2Z6. Prayers will be recited on Friday, February 13, 2015 at
7 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road. Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Saturday,
February 14, 2015 at 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 839 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC.
Interment to follow at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family
by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com